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A member of ARCINDA teaches 3-year-old, Torin, to play the demung.

The non-profit, musical and dance performance group, ARCINDA, joined the ranks of Streetmosphere’s talented artists when they played in Oak Street Plaza on Sunday. The group of eight performers nestled themselves cozily into a corner of the plaza—they even brought their own carpets to sit on—and brought the sounds of faraway Indonesia to Fort Collins, Colo.

ARCINDA’s mission is to do just that: to combine the eastern and western worlds by performing and educating people about the arts and culture of Indonesia. They do so using a variety of heavy, wooden instruments called Javanese Gamelan, which they play while other members of the group sing and dance in typical Indonesian fashion.

Many of the eight members that played at Oak Street Plaza on Sunday had their own Javanese Gamelan. These instruments grabbed the audience’s attention purely based on their immensity and ornately carved wooden structures, not to mention their uniqueness to western culture. Of the Javanese Gamelan on site, there were two gongs, four demung, a bonang, and a kendang.

Perhaps more unique than the names of these instruments was the group’s willingness to teach members of the audience how to play them. ARCINDA encouraged children to step up, take a seat on the carpet, and strike the instruments with the mallet to create soft chimes that echoed throughout the plaza. Three-year-old twin brothers, Rowan and Torin, each had the opportunity to play the demung while their parents and grandparents watched.

If you missed ARCINDA this past Sunday, they will be performing with Streetmosphere again on Friday, June 22, 2012 in Oak Street Plaza beginning at 5:30 pm.

For more information about Streetmosphere artists and schedules, be sure to check out our website or our Facebook page and let us know what you think! And don’t forget, while you’re at next week’s event, pick up a guidebook to learn more about our sponsors!

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